All Dog Rescue urgently needs foster homes

doghouseAll Dog Rescue needs your help to provide homes needed by local dogs who have no other place to go.  Foster homes provide a lifeline to dogs who are out of options.  Fostering dogs saves lives, and you can help.  If you would like to foster for All Dog Rescue, please fill out a Foster Application. If you would like more information, please email us at info@alldogrescue.org.

Why we need you to Foster with All Dog Rescue

Thank you for your interest in helping Massachusetts' dogs who find themselves homeless. Our foster homes, many of which have been with us from the beginning of our program, experience great joy and deep satisfaction when they see that through their efforts an abandoned or neglected dog gets a second chance at life and a new opportunity to share his or her unconditional love with people who care. Not only do foster homes have the joy of seeing their foster dog placed into a new, great, forever home, but also there is the additional joy of seeing the happiness of the new family. Many of these homes need the dog as much as the dog needs them.

Unfortunately, many wonderful dogs are put to sleep every day because they there are not lucky enough to be placed in a foster program or adopted from shelters. Four million dogs are abandoned every year in the United States. Two million of those dogs are put down. Overall, an estimated 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. That's one about every six and a half seconds. The public acquires only 14% of pets from shelters. (The Humane Society of the United States). Many dogs only have a chance of being adopted if they are taken in by a rescue organization.

All Dog Rescue gets calls from shelters, Animal Control Officers and inviduals who cannot keep their dogs anymore, every day. We desperately need more foster homes in order to save these wonderful dogs. Please consider joining our team by offering your home as a temporary safe haven for an unfortunate dog that is in desperate need of help. Apply to become an All Dog Rescue Foster home now!

What is Foster Care?

Being a foster home means sharing your home with a rescued dog: providing food, shelter, toys, walks and lots of attention, as if the dog were your own, until a permanent home for the dog is found. We count on our foster homes to observe behaviors in a variety of situations, and we welcome those updates so we can enhance the description on Petfinder and the web site. Positive reinforcement training is encouraged. We also need to set limits for dogs that are new to our homes. You can always get more lenient, but it's important to start out strict. Dogs will be more comfortable if they know what rules are, too. Most foster care situations require 2 weeks to a month of residential foster care, and in some cases where the dog is older, several months.

Who can foster?

The most important requirements are time and attention. You must be willing to include the dog in family activities, allow the dog to live as a house dog with much human companionship, and provide some daily one-on-one time with your rescue, including cuddles, play, and walks on leash.Crates are an invaluable piece of equipment for rescue people. We will loan foster homes a crate, if you don't have one you can use. The dog may not be completely house-trained, in which case you can use the crate and take the dog out on leash, giving praise and treat reward when the dog is successful.

Apartment or condo homes can also be excellent foster homes, with proper attention to providing several leash-walks daily for the dog or off-leash exercise in a safe area like a fenced yard. If you live in an apartment, you must get permission from your landlord before applying to become a foster for All Dog Rescue.

If you are unable to accept the long-term commitment of giving a dog a permanent home, but miss the companionship of a dog, then fostering may be for you!

Apply to become an All Dog Rescue Foster home now!